After months of working on this website and preparing for a blog, I thought it only appropriate to start with this post.

When I started writing a novel, and even after I finished, I was hesitant to discuss it. Then I quit my job, and people would ask, “What are you going to do now?” Or they’d make assumptions and say things like, “Oh, it’s so great that you’re going to stay home with the kids.”

It couldn’t tell people that I was now a writer!

Isn’t a real writer supposed to be published? It seemed to me that, if anything, I was an aspiring author, at best. After all, I wasn’t getting paid to write anything. Does the fact that I now have a website and a blog make it real? I’m still not getting paid to write—not yet. But my words are out there for millions to read.

One day, a friend scolded me, proclaiming, “If you’re writing, then you’re a writer, so call it like it is. Don’t be afraid of that.” She said it as if it were the simplest thing.

I believe what makes us real is our desire to do something, our talent, and our ability to follow through. If you want to be an author, a doctor, or a scientist—whatever it is—then do it. But do it 100%. Map out a plan, and be sure of your commitment to it.

In the Q&A section of this website I mention the book, Who Moved My Cheese, by Spenser Johnson, M.D.  Long ago, in my profession as a Financial Advisor, I read that book, and then in 2010 I read it again as part of a leadership class I was taking. The second time around, it reminded me of how important it is to accept change and ask yourself a very important question: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Who Moved My Cheese is a quick read and a great book for anyone searching for answers in a fast changing world, even when it’s read the second time around.